Virtual Visits

The Carlos Machado Museum offers virtual tours to its exhibitions to all who wish to visit the spaces, but might not be able to travel to the Museum.


This possibility reinforces our communication in a period of restrictions implicit in a pandemic state, but it also emerges as an educational and communicative strategy in a new digital age, as a new means for communication and providing the museum with greater interaction with its visitors.


These virtual tours promote our heritage, aiming, in a way, to attract a greater audience for a visit later on.

Nature in Dialogue

Nature in Dialogue shares the versatility of the museum's collection through the theme of nature. This exhibition is organized in three thematic groups: "Apology", "Apparatus and Welcome" and "Transfiguration”. The exhibition offers the opportunity to contemplate nature, searching to instigate biophilia and to question our position in relation to nature.


Tea Paths

The Caminhos do Chá (Tea Paths) exhibition resulted from the work carried out by the Carlos Machado Museum's Intangible Cultural Heritage Team on tea culture on the island of São Miguel. Introduced by the Agriculture Promotion Society in the 19th century, which featured the practical teachings of two Chinese men from Macao and two others from Hong Kong, and the boldness, courage and work of many others: women, men and children. This team effort made tea plantations a brandmark for São Miguel and the Azores.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were many Camellia sinensis plantations and several units that transformed this plant into tea. Some were just small workshops, others were larger and equipped with machinery, such as Canto Tea, Corte Real Tea, Bensaúde tea, Barrosa tea, Gorreana tea, Porto Formoso tea, among others.

Today there are two tea production units on the island of São Miguel: the Porto Formoso Tea Factory and the Gorreana Tea Plantations, which has been operating since 1883, thus being the focus of this project.


So that the sky doesn’t fall on our heads

So that the sky does not fall on our heads is an exhibition that explores the cultural and heritage contents present in the collections of the Carlos Machado Museum (MCM), which are related to space, time, lifestyle, architecture, knowledge, rituals and superstitions.

Documenting the production of regional roofing tiles, in one of the last ceramic factories of São Miguel, made it possible to confront the current scenario of tile manufacturing with the architectural panorama of the island, relating heritage and identity at an exhibition level.


Life, Ways of Using

Donations made to the Carlos Machado Museum in the last 10 years were the theme of the exhibition, which also aims to honor donors, praising the act of giving in a society based on commercial exchange, profit and consumption.


Domingos Rebêlo


A Água


Canto da Maya

This exhibition invites, through the museum collection, the artistic work of one of the greatest Azorean sculptors of all time - Canto da Maya (1890 - 1981), which the museum is proud to present, since 1976, a space for dissemination and contemplation of his work, capable of surprising all through the gift of illusion.

The long-term exhibition brings together more than a hundred works, spread over ten thematic groups that seek to admire an evolutionary view of the various phases of his artistic trajectory.